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. . . And One More Thing about Gratitude

Though the Busy Person’s Retreat on “Going Gratitudinal” may be completed, we are never finished with the opportunities for gratefulness. May the readings, reflections, and thoughtful questions over the last few days assist us in continuing to cultivate a grateful heart.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

And in the words of Richard Rohr, OFM, “Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise.


Another reason for rejoicing


Going Gratitudinal – Part 5

Today’s “Gratitudinal” Scripture passage is from Ephesians 1:16:

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.

Rabbi Harold Kushner challenges us: “Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.”

What are the ordinary things in my life that I take for granted?
Who are the people I take for granted?
Can I, by expressing my gratitude, transform them to something or someone far beyond ordinary?

Just an ordinary poppy. . . Or is it?


Going Gratitudinal – Part 4

Today’s “Gratitudinal” Scripture passage is from Philippians 4:12-13:

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

We find exhortations to grateful living outside our Christian tradition. Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahai faith said, “A thankful person is thankful under all circumstances. A complaining soul complains even if he lives in paradise.”

Do your prayers include expressions of gratitude—even in those times when you feel a desperate need for God’s action and intervention? What is the overall makeup of your prayers?

Gratefulness at dusk in Sonoita, Arizona

Taken on retreat at St. Rita Abbey, in Sonoita, Arizona. This is an abbey of Cistercian nuns.




Going Gratitudinal – Part 3

Today’s “Grateful” Scripture passage is from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

We are reminded by Denis Waitely, “I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”

What was the last difficult circumstance you thanked God for?

I am grateful that in the driest deserts, flowers appear.

Going Gratitudinal – Part 2

Today’s “Grateful” Scripture reading is from Psalm 118:28-29:

You are my God, and I will praise you; 
   you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the LORD, for God is good; 
   God’s love endures forever.

Elie Wiesel tells us, “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.”

Where does gratitude rank on your list of required qualities?

This angel's trumpet flower requires little to tell of its gratefulness and God's wonder.






Going Gratitudinal

Going Gratitudinal. That’s the theme of this week’s Busy Person’s Retreat at Dominican University in San Rafael. Our sisters meet with students, faculty, and staff members this week, to pray and share reflections on a selection of readings. We thought that focusing on gratitude would be helpful during this latter part of the Lenten season.

Please feel free to join us online at our Dominican Sisters’ website. And over the next few days I will post a “gratitudinal” thought for the readers of this blog. After all, the Dominican mystic Meister Eckart said, “If the only prayer you say is thank you, that is enough.” I’m sure the same thing goes for preaching as for praying.

I am grateful for city lights by the bay at dawn.
















Please share something for which you are grateful.